For as much as they are pitted against each other in the media, Rihanna wants to make it very clear that there is no truth to those Beyoncé rivalry rumors.
The idea of a rivalry has been drummed up for several years now, and last month it was brought up again after Bey's sudden release of the politically-charged music video for "Formation." Released directly after Ri Ri's ANTI album on TIDAL, many speculated the move as a result of competition.
However, as Rihanna says it in her latest cover issue of Vogue, it's something that "I don't wake up to."
“Here’s the deal,” she told the publication. “They just get so excited to feast on something that’s negative. Something that’s competitive. Something that’s, you know, a rivalry. And that’s just not what I wake up to. Because I can only do me. And nobody else is going to be able to do that.”
Killing the noise, Rihanna makes it very clear that not only is there no tension or rivalry between her and Bey, but she isn't sold on the constant tabloid fodder that these kind of rumors create.
Elsewhere in the cover story, the pop diva also divulged on how ANTI became a product of her being bored with the typical pop formula. When asked if this was the case, she answered, "Very much," before divulging further. "I just gravitated toward the songs that were honest to where I'm at right now." This message is very much so carried out on the album's opener, "Consideration," where she sings "I got to do things my own way, darling" before later adding, "Why you ain't ever let me grow?"
Continuing on her motives, she explains, “It might not be some automatic record that will be Top 40. But I felt like I earned the right to do that now.” Rightfully so.
Check out more from Rihanna's Vogue cover story, here.